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25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are an interesting breed. They go against the grain and create their own path.

Although entrepreneurs are ambitious, they do come across obstacles where just a few words can re-ignite the passion behind their mission, their purpose, and their ultimate goal.

There is a lot of power behind words.  Words can inspire, create emotions, and even start a movement.

You can find quotes every where and people love sharing them. An issue with quotes can be that they are just read and not reflected upon.

Entrepreneurs need to find focus:

– A rebellious entrepreneur is one who shows the desire and will to continue forward despite opposition, negativity, and resist convention.

– Rebellious entrepreneurs will focus on one quote and read it at different times of the day, they will then find that quote itself changes.

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– They will see it under a different light as well as learn something new.

This approach allows you, the rebellious entrepreneur, to focus on one thing with the idea of bringing many possibilities.

These quotes will unleash and inspire the rebel in all entrepreneurs.

Follow these 3 steps with the following list of 25 quotes:

  1. Save them to your computer or bookmark this page
  2. Choose one rebellious entrepreneur quote for the day
  3. Read the quote throughout the day (morning, afternoon, and at the end of your day)

1. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Maybe you thought about how things would be different if you were more of a risk taker or didn’t have the fear of rejection.  It’s normal to have these feelings.  Remember, if there was no such things as fear then bravery and courage wouldn’t exist.

2. “Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

You can get caught up in the gossip and the constant feeds of events going on.  Gossip only brings instability within your team and organization.  Instead, be the one who crushes gossip and inspires ideas.

3.  “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

As an entrepreneur, you are waiting for that one opportunity to be that tipping point where the game changes. If you are finding yourself patiently waiting but nothing is coming, it may be time to bring out the toolbox, get your hands dirty, and build a door yourself.

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4.  “To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

Like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Small minds discuss people.” Once you start comparing yourself to other successful people and wishing you were like them or have what they have, the world misses out on you showing who you truly are.  We all have something unique to offer.

5.  “First they ignore you.  Then they laugh at you.  Then they fight you.  Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

It’s not easy being an entrepreneur.  You will not always get the support you need.  You will be constantly rejected and made fun of.  And there will always be someone ahead of you or trying to out-do you.  Good.  It means you are doing something right.

6.  “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them don’t hurt them.” -Dalai Lama

What you do matters.  You must find a deeper purpose of the WHY behind what you are doing.  Don’t worry about building up the bottom line.  It will come once you start focusing on helping others.

7.  “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” – Joseph Campbell

As a rebellious entrepreneur, you create your own path.  If you find that the grass is always green and the paths are beautifully manicured then there is a good chance you are missing out on the opportunities waiting specifically for you.

8.  “Beware the bareness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Don’t make yourself seem busy by filling your schedule with mundane tasks.  The main question to ask yourself is if whether or not the tasks will get you closer to your ultimate goal.  Constantly checking your email or social media feeds will not make opportunities pop up any faster.

9.  “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

If you are going to do something, make sure it’s purposeful.  You need to keep you energy levels high as a rebellious entrepreneur.  Filling up your day with nonsense will only drain your energy and leave you feeling weak when obstacles or opportunities approach.

10.  “Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola

Don’t rush towards success.  There are no shortcuts.  Take your time and work on your craft.  If the road towards your ultimate goal is easy, it’s not meaningful enough.

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11.  “Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It’s important to keep your entrepreneurial fire lit. People and events will try to break you down.  As long as you surround yourself with the right people and you truly believe in your mission or idea, nothing can stop you.

12.  “Trust your own instinct.  Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” – Billy Wilder

Give yourself more credit. Entrepreneurs cannot be afraid of listening to their instincts no matter how much criticism you think you will receive.

13.  “Stay away from what might have been and look at what will be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

If you continue to focus on what might have been if you’ve done something different, then you will miss out on the possibilities that lay ahead of you. It’s best to live in the present, prepare for what’s to come, and remember the past.  Don’t live in the past.

14.  “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

Whatever happened, happened.  You can’t change it. Moving forward with regret will only make you feel stuck in the past.

15.  “If you lose today, win tomorrow.  In this never-ending spirit of challenge is the heart of a victor.” – Daisuka Ikeda

Not every day is going to be a good day.  If every day is perfect then you are not reaching high enough.

16. “Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take action.  Take the action and your feelings will change.” – Barbara Baron

You don’t always want to wake up before the sun rises.  But you do.  How you start your morning primes your fitness for taking action.  The longer you wait, the less action you will take.

17.  “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.” – William James

Your idea, services, or product, matters.  Why? Because you believe it matters.

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18.  “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

Entrepreneurs can’t expect everything to be positive and filled with roses.  Brian Tracy said, “If you are always on, then you must be on something.”

19.  “It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.”- Dale Carnegie

When things get rough, you cannot let your emotions take you over.  You may not always have control over your circumstances, but you are in control of your emotions.

20.  “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

As long as you are doing what you love to do and continue to work at it, doors will open for you.  Active patience is always rewarded.

21.  “You alone are enough.  You have nothing to prove to anyone.” – Maya Angelou

If you are trying to prove something to others, you will learn that when you do reach your goal those people who you are trying to prove something to, still don’t care.

22.  “Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself.” – Sonya Parker

When you start worrying about what others think of you and try to make everyone like you, you become less of yourself.  You mold yourself into what others want you to become and you are no longer in control of your own destiny.

23.  “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

Every obstacle means there is opportunity right around the corner.  You approach determines the outcome.

24.  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

To live is to give.  A rebel entrepreneur fights against the status quo of building up the dollars in the bottom line and focus on the bottom line being the amount of people they help

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25.  “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Without fear there is no such thing as strength, courage, and confidence.

Becoming an entrepreneur takes courage, but having the strength to stay on your journey as a rebellious entrepreneur means you’ve made fear your friend.

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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

“Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

Warming up

If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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  1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
  2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
  3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

Stay hydrated

Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

Meditate

Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

2. Focus on your goal

One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

3. Convert negativity to positivity

There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

4. Understand your content

Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

“No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

5. Practice makes perfect

Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

6. Be authentic

There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

7. Post speech evaluation

Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

Improve your next speech

As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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  • How did I do?
  • Are there any areas for improvement?
  • Did I sound or look stressed?
  • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
  • Was I saying “um” too often?
  • How was the flow of the speech?

Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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